HomePage Artists

b. 1969, China

Li Zhanyang Biography

Li Zhanyang’s sculptures are like 3D video grabs of life in Beijing’s teeming streets. “My works are created to tell stories,” he says—rollicking stories of thieves and prostitutes, cops and drunks. He has been drawn to crowds since he was a child; his first painting, done at age thirteen, was of a food market. Moving to the big city in his late twenties, Li Zhanyang would spend hours in louche bars, seeing “whatever there was to see”, then go home and sculpt the scenes from memory. He went on to recreate gambling dens, railway stations, brothels and bus stops. Once, Chinese sculptures had to be monumental, heavy with political messages. Li Zhanyang’s work is happily trivial and frequently vulgar. In works like Traffic Accident (2001), he packs a single incident with multiple smaller stories. Often, as in The Well (2007), he incorporates events from folktales, rendering them as contemporary events, the kind of thing seen every night on China’s TV news. 

Read More

Born in Changchun, Jilin Provence, Li Zhanyang currently lives and works in Beijing and Chongqing. Recent solo exhibitions include Yan's Salon II - Li Zhanyang Sculpture Exhibition, China Forest Club, Beijing (2014); Banana, Organhaus Art Space, Chingqing (2013), Chinese Patients, White Box Museum of Art, Beijing (2010) and Libido, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne (2009).

Li Zhanyang Recent Exhibitions

Li Zhanyang In Related Press

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Li Zhanyang are added to Ocula.
Sign Up